Smartphone Guide Part 2: Top 5 Phones for Big Hands

It’s time for part 2 of Short, Black, and Techie’s Smartphone Guide. In Part 1, it was all about ecosystem as we looked at how products and services of the 3 main mobile OS developers (Apple, Google, and Microsoft) work together or even with each other. In part 2, we will take just a brief look at the top 5 phones for people who have big hands (or who just like big phones). My list isn’t a ranking per se, moreso just a list of the top 5 phones that are big. The one that is “better” is subjective and depends on the person using it. Let’s begin!

1. iPhone 6 Plus

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This year Apple finally brought the iPhone into the world of “phablets”. Phones that are big enough to basically be tablets. The iPhone 6 Plus sports a huge 5.5 inch IPS display that is 1920-by-1080 with a pixel density 401 ppi. It also supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which is a fancy term that means it helps your videos stay steady and also allows low light shots to look much better. Aside from the screen and OIS however, it’s exactly like the smaller iPhone 6. It runs iOS 8 which allows you to pay for things using Apple Pay (only supported on iPhone 6/6 Plus). Because the iPhone 6 Plus is such a large phone, you definitely won’t be using it with one hand (not efficiently anyway), especially if you have smaller hands. Apple has tried to mitigate that somewhat by adding a feature called “Reachability” to iOS 8. If you double tap (not press) the home button, the top half of the screen comes down so you can reach it with one hand. If you’re a fan of Apple products and want to see what all the fuss is about big phones, the iPhone 6 Plus is the one to get. See below for reviews on iPhone 6 Plus.

The Verge Video Review

CNET Written Review

MKBHD Video Review

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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(Note: I’m reposting what I said about the Note 4 in an earlier post)

The Note 4 is latest and greatest “phablet” device continuing the product category it single-handedly invented. The basic specs feature a  5.7″ Super AMOLED display, a 2.7Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 16 megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a 3.7 megapixel front facing camera, 3220 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 Kitkat (with a promised upgrade to Android Lolipop).

A trademark feature of the Note series is the use of a stylus called the S-Pen. This year, the S-Pen is much more accurate and precise, allowing you to navigate the phone, draw pictures, write notes, multitask and more. Another notable feature of the Note series (no doubt helped out by that beefy processor) is the ability to have multiple windows on the screen, allowing you to watch youtube videos and check Facebook at the same time. See below for Galaxy Note 4 reviews.

MKBHD Video Review

The Verge Video Review

Engadget Written Review

CNET Written Review

3. Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is the Android phone to beat all Android phones. It is without a question, the most beastly Android phone Google has ever put out. It is made by Motorola and is basically a bigger version of Motorola’s own flagship Moto X. The specs: A 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 Quad HD AMOLED display, a 2.7 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core processor, a 13 MP rear camera with OIS and 2 MP front facing camera, and a 3220 mAh battery. The phone itself actually covers the Galaxy Note 4 in its entirety. The beauty of the Nexus 6 (and all Nexus devices) is stock Android, unvarnished by any skins or extra software by manufacturers or carriers. This year, Google is rolling out Android 5.0 aka Lolipop. The Nexus 6 is a canvas to showcase the many, many changes to Android. Chief among them is a new design language called “Material Design” with emphasis on animations and shadows.  See below for reviews on Nexus 6 and Android 5.0.

The Verge Android 5.0 Video Review

ArsTechnica Android 5.0 Thorough Written Review

MKBHD Nexus 6 Video Review

4. LG G3

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Without a doubt, the LG G3 is the best smartphone ever made by LG. It has a 5.5 inch Quad-HD screen with a crazy resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 with a pixel density of 538ppi. In addition to that it uses a laser for autofocus. Oh and the power button is on the back (LG thinks its more natural feeling). If you like big, bright, ridiculously detailed screens, the G3 is just right for you. The main downside to this phone is its less than stellar battery life. Since it has to push around all those pixels, the battery life isn’t as good despite having a 3,000 mah battery. However, this can depend on your usage as The Verge got pretty good battery life while CNET did not. See the reviews below:

CNET Written Review

The Verge Written Review

MKBHD Video Review

5. One Plus One

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So this is a phone that a most people in the States (who don’t regularly follow technology anyway) may not be aware of. OnePlus is a Chinese startup that made headlines when they announced the One. A 5.5 inch, 1920×1080 resolution, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 13 megapixel camera, all the specs you see in most high end Android phones….and it was only $300 off contract. Oh, it also runs a version of Android made by CyanogenMod. People who like to root their Android phones and install custom ROMs are very familiar with the popular developer. It’s a near stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat with a few new Cyanogenmod specific features. Unfortunately, it’s been very hard to get the phone so if you are interested in this beastly, yet quite affordable phone (as off contract phones go anyway)…you may be waiting a while. Regardless, the top notch specs and low price as well as a near stock Android from a proven Android developer is hard to beat. See reviews below:

MKBHD Video Review

ArsTechnica Written Review

Alright, that’s it for today. Stay tuned till next weekend when we complete the smartphone guide for people with smaller hands. Please share and subscribe to this page as well as like my Facebook page!

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